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8:15 PM ET, April 29, 2019

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Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Submits Resignation Letter  —  Rod Rosenstein submitted his resignation letter to President Trump on Monday, ending a tumultuous two years in which he tried to steady a rocky Justice Department and its relationship with the White House.
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Rod Rosenstein Quits, Thanking the President Who Trolled Him  —  The Deputy Attorney General was a frequent target of Trump's ire.  Rod Rosenstein thanked him for his “courtesy and humor,” anyway.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  Rod Rosenstein is ready to jump.  The deputy attorney general …
Fox News:
Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein submits resignation
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:   Rosenstein submits resignation from Justice Department
Los Angeles Times:
Authorities disrupt alleged terrorism plot in Southern California  —  A domestic terror plot aimed at “multiple targets” in Southern California was disrupted by federal and local law enforcement agencies, sources told The Times on Monday.  —  A single suspect has been arrested on domestic terrorism charges …
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NBC News:
California man busted in domestic terror plot wanted to kill LAPD officers  —  The suspect was under surveillance for weeks after he posted online messages lamenting the killing of Muslims at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  —  A California man was arrested on terrorism-related charges …
Discussion: The Root and Mediaite
The Daily Beast:
Far-Right Smear Merchants Try to Slime Pete Buttigieg with Bogus Sex Assault Claim  —  The mayor was briefly accused of assaulting a young man.  A GOP source says right-wing operatives Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman approached him to make similarly untrue accusations.
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Hunter Kelly:
Pete Buttigieg Sexually Assaulted Me  —  My name is Hunter Kelly.  I am 21 years old.  This is by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do.  For the past three nights, I have not slept even a single hour.  I have vomited eight times.  —  I was sexually assaulted by Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Debra Kamin / The Times of Israel:
Poway Chabad rabbi had asked border patrol agent to pray armed - just in case  —  Agent Jonathan Morales had been driving 3.5 hours to attend services after recently discovering his Jewish roots  —  POWAY, California — Jonathan Morales, an armed off-duty US Customs and Border Patrol agent …
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New York Times:
F.B.I. Was Alerted to a Threat Minutes Before the Poway Synagogue Shooting
Benjamin Wittes / The Atlantic:
Five Things I Learned From the Mueller Report  —  I spent the week after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report going through it section by section and writing a kind of diary of the endeavor.  My goal was less to summarize the report than to force myself to think about each factual …
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Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Guide to the Mueller Report's Findings on “Collusion”
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Hannah Ellis-Petersen / The Guardian:
Whale with harness could be Russian weapon, say Norwegian experts  —  Fisherman raised alarm after white whale sporting unusual strapping began harassing their boats  —  Play Video  —  Marine experts in Norway believe they have stumbled upon a white whale that was trained by the Russian navy …
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Associated Press:
Beluga whale with Russian harness raises alarm in Norway
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
White House Reviewing Stephen Moore's Writings  —  WASHINGTON — The White House is reviewing past writings by Stephen Moore, the conservative commentator whom President Trump plans to nominate to the Federal Reserve Board, amid criticism that many of the opinion columns he penned denigrated women.
Discussion: Washington Post and CNBC
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Stephen Moore wants people to pay more attention to his economic policies. Challenge accepted.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Splinter
Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
Foxconn Tore Up a Small Town to Build a Big Factory—Then Retreated  —  The iPhone maker got fat incentives to build a $10 billion LCD plant that largely hasn't materialized on land where Mount Pleasant, Wis., razed homes and crops  —  MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis.—Six miles west of Lake Michigan lies …
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Joe Biden on handling of Anita Hill during Clarence Thomas hearings: ‘I take responsibility’  —  Former Vice President and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden said he takes “responsibility” for Anita Hill's treatment when she testified before the Senate Judiciary committee during Supreme …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Michael Cohen's Last Days of Freedom  —  These days, the President's former lawyer, and the fall guy in his web of misconduct, looks like a victim as well as a perpetrator.  —  It takes some time for Michael Cohen to work his way to a table at the grillroom of the Loews Regency Hotel, on Park Avenue.
New York Daily News:
Mayor de Blasio was a passenger in a car crash; the NYPD covered it up  —  On a Saturday morning in August 2015, Mayor de Blasio was in the back seat of a black NYPD Chevy Tahoe bound for an event in Harlem when a driver changing lanes slammed into his ride.
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
Someone Found The Poway Synagogue Shooter's Manifesto And Called The FBI Minutes Before The Attack Began  —  It was just minutes before the shooting when he saw the post.  —  At 11:05 a.m. on Saturday, Colin, a 25-year-old in Yucaipa, California, logged into 8chan.
Discussion: Mondoweiss, VICE News and New York Post
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Wall Street Democrats Are Absolutely Freaking Out About Their 2020 Candidates  —  One night in early April, roughly 20 of the Democratic Party's highest-profile donors from the financial industry sat down over dinner to discuss how exactly they were feeling about the 2020 presidential race.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Splinter
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller wins again with appeals court ruling against Stone associate  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller notched yet another legal victory on Monday even though his Russia investigation is over, as a federal appeals court rejected a bid to reexamine a lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of his appointment.
Discussion: Raw Story
David Freedlander / Politico:
‘I Want Him on Everything’: Meet the Woman Behind the Buttigieg Media Frenzy  —  If you read through the many, many profiles written of presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in the past several months, it's hard not to notice just how many reporters happen to have had personal encounters with the candidate …
Associated Press:
John Singleton, maker of ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ dies at 51  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Director John Singleton, who made one of Hollywood's most memorable debuts with the Oscar-nominated “Boyz N the Hood” and continued over the following decades to probe the lives of black communities in his native Los Angeles and beyond, has died.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
New York Times:
Profitable Giants Like Amazon Pay $0 in Corporate Taxes.  Some Voters Are Sick of It.  —  AKRON, Ohio — Colin Robertson wonders why he pays federal taxes on the $18,000 a year he makes cleaning carpets, while the tech giant Amazon got a tax rebate.  —  His concerns about a tilted economic …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Napolitano Denies Trump's Allegations in On-Air Response: This is How You Treat a Friend!?  —  Andrew Napolitano accused Donald Trump of mischaracterizing their conversations together when the president swiped at him over the weekend.  —  On Saturday, Trump insulted Napolitano's intelligence …
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
John Bolton on the Warpath  —  Can Trump's national-security adviser sell the isolationist President on military force?  —  Earlier this year, as Donald Trump prepared to meet the North Korean Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un, in Vietnam, he took a moment in the State of the Union address …
The Times of Israel:
After cartoon uproar, Israel's US envoy calls NY Times a ‘cesspool of hostility’  —  Dermer claims newspaper has become ‘a safe-space for those who hate the Jewish state’; Trump says Times has apologized for cartoon, but hasn't apologized to him for fake news
Discussion: RedState, CNN, ThinkProgress and Breitbart
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
New Bernie Sanders App Democratizes Organizing — and Panics People Unfamiliar With Organizing  —  The Bernie Sanders campaign kicked off its massive volunteer program this weekend by holding nearly 5,000 house parties across the country and unveiling a new organizing app that gives campaign supporters …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
‘I am proud to be a gay son of God’: Mormon valedictorian comes out in graduation speech  —  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints considers same-sex marriage to be a “serious transgression” — and, until this spring, treated Mormons involved in these unions as apostates …
Wired:
The Battle of Winterfell: A Tactical Analysis  —  BY NOW WE'RE all familiar with the battle tactics in Game of Thrones: Confront your enemy head on—usually in some nicely arrayed lines—and hack at them until no one's left alive or someone has won.  It's a tried-and-true method, with little in the way of actual operational depth.
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Here's who Newt Gingrich thinks will win Democratic presidential race  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich thinks California Sen. Kamala Harris is “most likely” to be nominated to the Democrats pick to challenge President Trump in the 2020 presidential race.
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Ocasio-Cortez Doubles Down, Says VA Problems Are a ‘Myth’  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) reinforced her opposition to reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs on Saturday, calling it a “myth” that the system was broken and in need of reform.
Discussion: Mediaite
Bloomberg:
U.S. Farmer Income Drops Most Since 2016 as Trade War Losses Mount  — In first quarter, producers' income declines $11.8 billion  — Mounting financial pressure on key Trump constituency  —  Personal income for farmers fell by the most in three years in the first quarter …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Why Vermont's single-payer effort failed and what Democrats can learn from it  —  Three and a half years after then-Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont signed into law a vision for the nation's first single-payer health system, his small team was still struggling to find a way to pay for it.
Washington Post:
President Trump has made more than 10,000 false or misleading claims  —  It took President Trump 601 days to top 5,000 false and misleading claims in The Fact Checker's database, an average of eight claims a day.  —  But on April 26, just 226 days later, the president crossed the 10,000 mark …
 
 
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Sally Schindel / USA Today:
There's nothing funny about today's highly potent marijuana. It killed my son.
Ben Collins / NBC News:
As synagogue shooting unfolded, extremists gathered on Facebook page connected to gunman
Discussion: Washington Post and VICE News
Chad Sokol / Spokesman.com:
Kootenai County GOP urges feds to let Austrian nationalist into U.S. to marry alt-right YouTube pundit
Brian Doherty / Reason:
Cancel Culture Comes for Counterculture Comics
Matthew Cappucci / Washington Post:
Trump ridicules weather forecasters for getting it ‘wrong the most’ when they made a spot-on prediction
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Biden's campaign taps data analytics company backed by former Google chairman Eric Schmidt
Matthew Sussis / CIS.org:
Crop Data Suggests Climate Change Is Not Driving the Migration Surge
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A doorbell company owned by Amazon wants to start producing “crime news” and it'll definitely end well
 Earlier Items: 
Polls:
Strong Economy Doesn't Hit Home
Discussion: VICE, POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
Victoria Albert / The Daily Beast:
Mitch McConnell Signs Shirt Joking About Merrick Garland's Death
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
As security officials prepare for Russian attack on 2020 presidential race, Trump and aides play down threat
The Cut:
The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence What happened to the group of bright college students …
Discussion: New York Post and Jezebel